Three Simple Rules of Life

Stephen Hawking once said, “Showing up is half the battle.” This quote always stuck with me. It’s so simple that sometimes we forget the importance of the statement. You can’t be considered for the job if you don’t submit your resume. You can’t win the race if you are not entered. You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy …

Sportsmanship on Display at X-Country Meet

At a cross-country meet in Wisconsin earlier this season, something unusual happened. With about a half-mile left in the race, Seppi Camilli, a runner from Marquette (MI) High School, made a bold move and broke free from several competitors from Stevens Point High School. With just the ‘straight-away’ left, he found himself alone in second place. However, with about 15 …

The Reciprocity Effect

Rehan Staton is a 27-year-old Harvard Law School graduate. However, his path to that degree was not typical. As a child, his mother abandoned the family and his dad struggled with gainful employment. In other words, Rehan grew up poor. To make it, he worked as a sanitation worker (that’s trash man to you and me). His grades were never …

Welcome Blog – 2023

Hello and welcome. If you are reading this blog, this means that you are enrolled in a class where a teacher is using the Character Development and Leadership Curriculum.  This program is designed to help you develop who you are as a person and to improve your leadership capabilities. This program should be fun and engaging. The blog post is …

Strangers on Subway Sing ‘Over the Rainbow’

Picture yourself on your way to work (or school). It’s cold, it’s early and you are tired. You are with a bunch of total strangers. You just want to mind your own business and get to your destination. Then, some random stranger breaks out in a joyful song and invites everyone to sing. It is a blatant attempt to get …

“Kindness is My Passion”

Thirteen years ago, Malachi Coleman and his little sister were abandoned by their mother. The siblings immediately went into the foster care system. Malachi claimed this was a miserable experience fraught with abuse and poor care. A few years later, the Coleman’s decided to adopt Malachi and his sister. The Coleman’s provided a loving home and a way for the …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Sells Trophies and Rings for Charity

If you don’t know, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest athletes ever to play professional sports. He won three national championships with the UCLA Bruins and then won 6 NBA championships.  He is a six-time NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 19-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, and a member of the NBA 35th and 50th Anniversary All-Time Teams. And …

The Noble Barber

Ellison is a 7-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome. He has never had someone successfully cut his hair. Prior to meeting Vernon, the Noble Barber, he always resisted.  Ellison was scared, startled and his mother had to hold him in bear hug to get through the ordeal. She and Ellison usually left in tears. She characterized each barber shop visit as …